GM Wesley So turns fifteen yesterday, October 9. So was born in Manila in 1993 to William and Eleanor So, who are both accountants. He learnt how to play chess when he was 6 years old through his father who was not a good player himself and was 9 when he started to compete in junior active chess tournaments in the country. Wesley So achieved his third and final Grandmaster norm on December 8, 2007 at the third Pichay Cup International Open (Manila, Philippines). He also became the seventh youngest to achieve the Grandmaster title in the history of chess at 14 years, one month and 48 days. So's current Live ratings of 2615 is good enough to make him among the top 150 (135th) chess players on the planet. With the exception of China's WGM Hou Yifan (now the world's youngest GM), he remains the youngest male grandmaster.
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